The bride in this story goes after other men, her heart is turned from her husband and has been captivated by idols. Just as Eves heart was captivated by the tree and the wisdom gained from it, Israel has been captured by Baals and lovers:
“For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray and they have left their God to play the whore” (Hosea 4v12)
How does the Lord react to this? How does this husband react to his bride going off with other men? At points he is jealous and angry. But in Hosea 2 he does not burn with anger against his bride, instead he allures her. The lord sets out to captivate her heart and in doing so he brings her out into the wilderness and he speaks tenderly to her.
This is what Jesus is like. He says “You will call me “My husband”, he calls us out into the wilderness and speaks tenderly to us. Even though we go after other idols and our hearts are captivated by other things then the Lord, yet Jesus says “I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy, I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord”.
This is the Jesus that is born at Christmas. He will be our husband, he we will speak tenderly, he will capture our hearts and he will betroth us to him forever.
Christmas is about the one who will betroth us to him forever.